Newest Reviews
True Don Quixote, The
Mitchells vs. the Machines, The
Dora and the Lost City of Gold
Unholy, The
How to Deter a Robber
Offering, The
Enola Holmes
Big Calamity, The
Man Under Table
Freedom Fields
Boy Behind the Door, The
Swords of the Space Ark
I Still See You
Most Beautiful Boy in the World, The
Luz: The Flower of Evil
Human Voice, The
Guns Akimbo
Being a Human Person
Giants and Toys
Millionaires Express
Bringing Up Baby
World to Come, The
Air Conditioner
Fear and Loathing in Aspen
Riders of Justice
Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki, The
For Those Who Think Young
Justice League: War
Fuzzy Pink Nightgown, The
Scooby-Doo! Moon Monster Madness
Night of the Sharks
Werewolves Within
King and Four Queens, The
Stray Dolls
Newest Articles
Truth Kills: Blow Out on Blu-ray
A Monument to All the Bullshit in the World: 1970s Disaster Movies
Take Care with Peanuts: Interview with Melissa Menta (SVP of Marketing)
Silent is Golden: Futtocks End... and Other Short Stories on Blu-ray
Winner on Losers: West 11 on Blu-ray
Freewheelin' - Bob Dylan: Odds and Ends on Digital
Never Sleep: The Night of the Hunter on Blu-ray
Sherlock vs Ripper: Murder by Decree on Blu-ray
That Ol' Black Magic: Encounter of the Spooky Kind on Blu-ray
She's Evil! She's Brilliant! Basic Instinct on Blu-ray
Hong Kong Dreamin': World of Wong Kar Wai on Blu-ray
Buckle Your Swash: The Devil-Ship Pirates on Blu-ray
Way of the Exploding Fist: One Armed Boxer on Blu-ray
A Lot of Growing Up to Do: Fast Times at Ridgemont High on Blu-ray
Oh My Godard: Masculin Feminin on Blu-ray
Let Us Play: Play for Today Volume 2 on Blu-ray
Before The Matrix, There was Johnny Mnemonic: on Digital
More Than Mad Science: Karloff at Columbia on Blu-ray
Indian Summer: The Darjeeling Limited on Blu-ray
3 from 1950s Hollyweird: Dr. T, Mankind and Plan 9
Meiko Kaji's Girl Gangs: Stray Cat Rock on Arrow
Having a Wild Weekend: Catch Us If You Can on Blu-ray
The Drifters: Star Lucie Bourdeu Interview
Meiko Kaji Behind Bars: Female Prisoner Scorpion on Arrow
The Horror of the Soviets: Viy on Blu-ray
  Naked Massacre Based On a True Story
Year: 1976
Director: Denis Héroux
Stars: Mathieu Carrière, Debra Berger, Christine Boisson, Myriam Boyer, Leonora Fani, Ely Galleani, Carole Laure, Eva Mattes, Andrée Pelletier
Genre: Horror, Thriller, TrashBuy from Amazon
Rating:  4 (from 1 vote)
Review: Cain Adamson (Mathieu Carrière) is returning home from a harrowing time in the Vietnam War where he was an American soldier, and somehow finds himself in Belfast, Northern Ireland where no sooner has he disembarked than a British soldier is asking him for his identity papers. Not having anywhere to go, having run out of money, he wanders the streets and eventually visits a church for somewhere to stay for a while, but suddenly halfway through a hymn a bomb is detonated, injuring some of the congregation. Cain simply sits there impassively as the carnage goes on around him...

That's because Cain is not very well, though don't feel too much sympathy for him as he is soon hanging around a house where a group of nurses are staying, and if you know the story of nineteen-sixties Chicago mass murderer Richard Speck then you'll be way ahead of Naked Massacre. This was inspired by that criminal, so much so that the film's alternate title Born for Hell was taken from the tattoo - Born to Raise Hell - on Speck's arm, yet for reasons best known to the production team they preferred to dress this up in some location photography taken on the streets of Belfast at the height of the Troubles, not the most obvious setting for a film, as shown by the notable lack of many others taking place there.

Although it's unmistakably trashy stuff, this did appear to have some kind of message to impart about the state of the world. It was not in fact a Northern Irish movie but a result of a selection of Continental European countries in conjunction with Canada - director Denis Héroux, who would go on to be a successful TV producer with such eighties cartoons as MASK to his credit, hailed from that country, as did one of the most recognisable faces among the nurses, Carole Laure who oddly is the only one of them not dubbed with an American accent. The dubbing was problematic, as it was obvious when the supporting locals were speaking in somebody's curious approximation of Belfast tones, but not half as problematic as other happenings here.

The film takes a dour view of humanity throughout, as if the whole world is either currently a war zone or about to turn into one, and the more militarised violence Cain is escaping from (so why the hell end up there?) has degraded his mental faculties to the extent that he feels the need to lash out, initially breaking into the nurses' home because he needs money, but then because he wants to experience some kind of power trip over helpless women. You may wonder why with nine of them and one of him he managed to force them into submission, but that was what happened with the Speck murders, with only one surviving by hiding under the bed, but there was a difference.

That being Speck was a drink-fuelled psychopath and his fictional equivalent was supposed to be teaching us the bad news about human nature, and the two crimes do not convince as a state of the world warning quite as much as Héroux and his writers seemed to think. You could regard Naked Massacre as a low rent variation on better films about true life killers such as 10 Rillington Place or Zodiac, but when the best thing you can say about this is that it's not as bad as it could have been that's not exactly a recommendation. Only occasionally does Héroux take the opportunity to leer at the fates of the victims, but it is enough to make his movie a turn off, and when most of the rest of it mopes around after Cain as he wanders aimlessly around a site they readily view as a war zone in supposedly peaceful Europe then there's a sanctimony which is more akin to some would-be artist telling you the world is a cesspool and you'd better get used to it. If they wanted you to be depressed, they succeeded, but it's as easy to play the pessimist as it is not to indulge them. Music by Voggenreiter Verlag.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark


This review has been viewed 3459 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

Review Comments (2)

Untitled 1

Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.

Latest Poll
Which star probably has psychic powers?
Laurence Fishburne
Nicolas Cage
Anya Taylor-Joy
Patrick Stewart
Sissy Spacek
Michelle Yeoh
Aubrey Plaza
Tom Cruise
Beatrice Dalle
Michael Ironside

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Andrew Pragasam
Darren Jones
Enoch Sneed
  Desbris M
  Paul Tuersley
  Chris Garbutt
  Sdfadf Rtfgsdf


Last Updated: